White Team is Victorious at Intrasquad Meet
Oct. 5, 2013
NORMAL , Ill. - The Illinois State swimming and diving team opened with the first one-on-one meet of the season Saturday. The Redbirds were divided into two teams, the red and white team, where they competed against each other. The white team defeated the red team with a score of 166-126.
Junior Alexis Nash broke the pool record for the 50-yard butterfly (25.94) along with placing first in the 150-yard butterfly (1:34.67) and was a part of the winning 200-yard medley (1:48.63) red team with Marissa Yontz, Samantha Schuckles and Courtney Taylor.
"This last week was a long week of weights and practice, but I am very happy with today's performance," said Nash. "The team and fans are all energized since it's homecoming, which provides such an awesome environment to swim in. I am looking forward even more now to improving throughout the season and excited to see other teams in our upcoming meets."
Head Coach Steve Paska is impressed with today's performance and is looking forward to the meets ahead.
"Lexi has had a tremendous start to her junior year," Paska said. "She has been putting time in at the pool and the weight room, which has given her a solid start and her season looks encouraging. Marissa Yontz also performed well today. She has been consistently training and developing and you can see it in her performance." Several student-athletes earned first place today in multiple events. Yontz placed first in the 100-yard freestyle (52.43) and 250-yard freestyle (2:29.67). Junior Cecilia Holmes placed first in both the 800-yard freestyle (8:26.76) and 200-yard IM (2:09.59).
"Cecilia thrives on competition and is an intense competitor. She races to the best of her ability at all times no matter the circumstance," Paska said. After today's meet, diving coach Phil Hoffman believes the team is ready for a solid season.
"We have taken the season slow for divers this year since it is going to be a long one," said Hoffman. "We want to establish our divers before they go full-force. Right now we are in a good place and further along than I had anticipated. Today showed them and me where they stand. Diving can be mental, and for them to perform and do well, always solidifies their talent to them. I am looking forward to seeing them compete in next week's match ups at the Notre Dame Relays."
Four of the Redbird divers competed in both the 3-meter and 1-meter dive. Junior Wenting Zhang received first place in both the 3-meter (236.99) and 1-meter (283.65) dive. Following Zhang in the 3-meter dive was senior Maggie Kopp (196.13) who also placed second in the 1-meter dive (219.59).
The Redbirds will compete again Friday, Oct. 11, at the Dennis Stark Relays at Notre Dame. The relays will begin at 4 p.m.
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